Couple disagree on who has greater anointing, seek divorce

A 51-year-old Pastor,  Rotimi Michael, has told an Oke-Ogbere Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve his 11- year-old marriage to his wife, Dolapo, alleging that she is destroying his ministry as a cleric.

Michael, resident at Olubonku-Olodo area of Ibadan told the court that his wife had made nonsense of his calling as a minister of God and might end his ministry if he did not end the marriage with her.

“To say the least my lord, I have for too long tolerated Dolapo’s arrogance, disrespect, stubbornness and stone-heartedness to me, probably due to my silence.

`She doesn’t even take instructions from me; instead, Dolapo consults other pastors around.

“Rather than supporting my ministry, she causes pandemonium that leads to crises in the church.

“In fact, Dolapo keeps nagging and I am completely fed-up with her, ‘’ Rotimi said.

The respondent (Dolapo) who consented to the suit could not deny the allegations levelled against her but explained the reasons for her action.

According to the 48 -year-old Prophetess, God had ministered to me that I must marry Pastor Rotimi.

“Rotimi no longer wants to see me because he now knows that my anointing is greater than his.

“Anytime I have a revelation for our congregation in the church, Rotimi, as the church overseer will not want God’s revelation to be shared because he feels that I might be greater than him.

“He prefers to tell lies to the congregation and his attitude is against my calling.

“For two years now, Rotimi has been starving me of sex. This is due to the fact that he has another wife in Lagos State.

“Besides, Rotimi is making desperate moves to terminate my life in another revelation by our son.

“He is currently blackmailing me around that I am a fake prophetess.

“Rotimi lacks any milk of human kindness because he no longer fends for the children and me.

“The land on which his church is built is jointly owned by both of us,’’ Dolapo said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that most of the witnesses called to testify in the matter wanted the marriage to be dissolved for peaceful coexistence.

However, some senior pastors of the church prayed the court to give them a grace of four weeks to intervene for amicable settlement.

The court’s President, Alhaji Suleiman Adeniyi, however, said that he was adjourning the case for the last time because he had done it on several occasions without any remedy.

Adeniyi adjourned the case till March 20 for judgment.

Polls: EFCC raise alarm over fake dollars

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has raised the alarm over the circulation of fake Dollar notes ahead of Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

In a statement signed by the Acting Chairman of the Commission, Ibrahim Magu, the agency stated that the warning follows intelligence gathered in the build up to the elections.

Magu said the intelligence indicates that the Dollar notes have features of genuineness, but forensic analysis by the Commission reveals otherwise.

“We, therefore, warn the BDC operators to be cautious in their transactions from now till the end of the elections,” he stated.

Updated: I’ve not resigned as Vice President – Osinbajo

ABUJA—VICE President Yemi Osinbajo on Thursday debunked the allegation that he had quit his position as Vice President, saying that there was no iota of truth in the allegation.

Some social media platforms had on Wednesday published that Prof. Osinbajo had thrown in the towel as the Vice President because he was allegedly sidelined from the security meeting President Muhammadu Buhari had with Service Chiefs and head of security agencies as well as three governors from the north on Tuesday at the State House, Abuja. But the Vice President in a statement by his spokesperson, Laolu Akande described the purported resignation as fake news and deliberate propaganda. Akande in the statement said, “Contrary to the fake news in circulation yesterday, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has not resigned his position in the Buhari administration.”   He said that Prof. Osinbajo in a meeting with young Christian leaders in Lagos on Wednesday night, personally debunked the purported resignation being circulated on some social media platforms.  He dismissed the false information as deliberate propaganda.    Akande in the statement quoted the Vice President as saying, “They are deliberate propaganda. Today (Wednesday), they’ve been spreading some information around that I’ve resigned. They said I didn’t attend a security meeting yesterday. I was too busy in my office.  “The same security people were meeting with me that same evening. Must I attend every meeting? Can’t the President hold a meeting with the security chiefs without me? They said I was so angry that they didn’t bring me to that meeting, that I was excluded, then I resigned! I have not resigned.”   The Osinbajo’s spokesman said that in continuation of the Next Level engagements, the Vice President visited Ikeja, Lagos State, where he met with the Hausa community.  He further stated that, “He then proceeded to Yola, in Adamawa State, where he met a group of Christian leaders “On his return to Lagos yesterday night, the Vice President held an interactive session with young Christian leaders at Muson Center, Onikan, where he spoke on the fake news.   “Prof. Osinbajo continues the Next Level engagements and is expected in Kwara and Abia states later today (yesterday).BENGBENRO NEWS

Korea: Official maximum working age now 65

South Korea’s top court, on Thursday, raised the maximum working age in the country from 60 years to 65 years, citing changed life expectancy and economic situations as factors.

The local media reported that ceiling of working age, which indicated a maximum age of people capable of labouring and earning income, was set at 65 years by the country’s 13-Judge Supreme Court. It was the first change in 30 years since the court extended the maximum working age from 55 years to 60 years in 1989. The ruling was forecast to influence the insurance premium and indemnity as the maximum working age is a basis to calculate the indemnity. 

Okorocha’s son-in-law’s party pledges one million votes for Buhari in Imo

The Chairman of the Imo state chapter of the Action Alliance (AA), Anthony Ahaneku, Thursday said that the party in the state is supporting the re-election bid of President Muhammadu Buhari irrespective of the position of the national leadership of the party.

The Action Alliance offered Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law, Uche Nwosu the governorship ticket.

Ahaneku, speaking at a press briefing in Owerri, said that there was no justifiable reason for the party in Imo state not to support Buhari’s re-election.

He said, “The Imo state chapter of the Action Alliance was quoted wrongly in the media.We are supporting Buhari for the rescheduled presidential polls and nobody else

“The Imo state chapter of the Action Alliance in conjunction with other well meaning Imo people will deliver no fewer than one million votes for president Muhammadu Buhari in Imo state on Saturday.”

“We are not apologetic about our support for president Muhammadu Buhari. Apart from being a man of integrity, Buhari has proved that if reelected he will fix Nigeria and make it a country of good people and not corrupt politicians.”


The chairman said that to ensure that the president wins the rescheduled presidential polls in the state, said all the members of the party in the 27 LGAs of the state were being mobilised and directed to vote massively for Buhari.

My wife is destroying my ministry, pastor tells court

A 51-year-old Pastor, Rotimi Michael, has told an Oke-Ogbere Customary Court in Ibadan to dissolve his 11- year-old marriage to his wife, Dolapo, alleging that she is destroying his ministry as a cleric.

Michael, resident at Olubonku-Olodo area of Ibadan told the court that his wife had made nonsense of his calling as a minister of God and might end his ministry if he did not end the marriage with her. “To say the least my lord, I have for too long tolerated Dolapo’s arrogance, disrespect, stubbornness and stone-heartedness to me, probably due to my silence. `She doesn’t even take instructions from me; instead, Dolapo consults other pastors around. “Rather than supporting my ministry, she causes pandemonium that leads to crises in the church. “In fact, Dolapo keeps nagging and I am completely fed-up with her, ‘’ Rotimi said. The respondent (Dolapo) who consented to the suit could not deny the allegations levelled against her but explained the reasons for her action. According to the 48 -year-old Prophetess, God had ministered to me that I must marry Pastor Rotimi. “Rotimi no longer wants to see me because he now knows that my anointing is greater than his. “Anytime I have a revelation for our congregation in the church, Rotimi, as the church overseer will not want God’s revelation to be shared because he feels that I might be greater than him. “He prefers to tell lies to the congregation and his attitude is against my calling. “For two years now, Rotimi has been starving me of sex. This is due to the fact that he has another wife in Lagos State. “Besides, Rotimi is making desperate moves to terminate my life in another revelation by our son. “He is currently blackmailing me around that I am a fake prophetess. “Rotimi lacks any milk of human kindness because he no longer fends for the children and me. “The land on which his church is built is jointly owned by both of us,’’ Dolapo said. The News Agency of Nigeria BENGBENRO NEWS reports that most of the witnesses called to testify in the matter wanted the marriage to be dissolved for peaceful coexistence. However, some senior pastors of the church prayed the court to give them a grace of four weeks to intervene for amicable settlement. The court’s President, Alhaji Suleiman Adeniyi, however, said that he was adjourning the case for the last time because he had done it on several occasions without any remedy. Adeniyi adjourned the case till March 20 for judgment. BENGBENRO NEWS

I didn’t resign as Vice President, says Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has dismissed the rumour making the rounds about his resignation from office for being allegedly sidelined in the scheme of things in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

Osinbajo’s absence at Buhari’s meeting with security chiefs on Tuesday fuelled speculation on social media on Thursday that he has resigned citing misunderstanding with the cabal in the Presidency.

But Osinbajo took to his official twitter handle to dismiss the report and attributing it to mischief makers, who he said are bent on creating rifts and tension within top officials of the current administration.

He wrote: “Misleading/FAKE news is on the rise especially in this season when Nigerians will make a choice about who will govern them for the next four years.

“I have not resigned!

“I remain committed to the service of the Nigerian people under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

He added a video explaining why he was not at the meeting between security chiefs and presidential officials.

Addressing the rumour at a forum meeting on Thursday morning, Osinbajo said: “There is deliberate propaganda. Today, they’ve been spreading some information around that I’ve resigned.

“They said I’ve resigned; they said I didn’t attend the security meeting yesterday.

“I was in my office… What time do I have? Must I attend every meeting? Can’t the President hold a meeting with security chiefs without me?

“They said I was so angry that they didn’t bring me to that security meeting — I was excluded — so I resigned.”

He went on to explain that he was aware of the security meeting but couldn’t attend because of official engagements.

The Vice President assured that he remained committed to working with Buhari to move the nation forward.BENGBENRO NEWS


Kashamu, our beloved son – Ijebu monarchs

The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun State, Senator Buruji Kashamu has been described as a beloved son of Ijebuland.

Two traditional rulers – the Lamodi of Ijebu-Isiwo, His Royal Highness, Oba Sikiru Adedoyin and the Aladeken of Oke-Ako, Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area, His Royal Highness, Oba Joshua Osunsami (J.P) – who spoke on Thursday when Senator Kashamu visited them at their palaces, commended him for having the foresight to put his key policies and programmes in an understaking which he has been giving to all traditional rulers in the state. In the undertaking, which he elaborated on, Kashamu promised to allow local governments to enjoy full financial autonomy without deducting from their monthly allocations. This, he said, would engender grassroots developments. He also committed himself to addressing the issues of cooperative deductions and contributory pensions without a view to allowing the will of the workers to prevail. The candidate also said Micro Small Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMSEs) will be encouraged to thrive through the facilitation of microfinance and community banks that would advance revolving facilities to entrepreneurs at zero interest rate. At the palace of the Lamodi of Ijebu-Isiwo,Oba Adedoyin, Kashamu said if elected he would fix the major road leading to the town. In his remarks, Oba Osunsami said, “Kashamu has shown time and again that he is truly a proud son of Ijebuland. Others have been here but none spoke like this or brought any undertaking to hold him Speaking earlier, Oba Adedoyin said with Kashamu’s plans for the grassroots and traditional institutions which he has documented, it was incumbent on all to support him. The candidate was accompanied on the trips by notable PDP leaders in Ijebu-Ode Local Government, including Chief Ade Alatishe and Alhaji Bisi Quadri, among others.You, Kashamu, are our beloved son in whom we are well pleased.BENGBENRO NEWS

Buharinomics: 10 salient facts to know

The Fourth Quarter 2018 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) results released recently by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) show that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has put the Nigerian economy on firm, solid footing. Here are 10 salient points to note about Buharinomics:

*The economy has recorded continued progress since it emerged from recession in 2017. Current result shows a Real GDP growth of 2.38% compared to 1.81% in Q3 last year, representing the strongest growth since the economy slipped into recession in 2016.

*For more than five decades, Nigeria has paid lip service to diversifying the economy, from sole dependence on oil. The latest result shows that economic growth has continued to be driven by the non-oil sector, which grew by 2.70% in Q4 2018, up from 2.32% in Q3 2018. It represents the strongest growth in the sector since Q4 2015.

*The non-oil GDP growth was driven by Quarrying and Other Minerals, followed by Telecommunications, Agriculture, Manufacturing, and Construction. That is diversification in progress, real time, no matter what the naysayers may say.

For more than five decades, Nigeria has paid lip service to diversifying the economy, from sole dependence on oil. The latest result shows that economic growth has continued to be driven by the non-oil sector, which grew by 2.70% in Q4 2018, up from 2.32% in Q3 2018. It represents the strongest growth in the sector since Q4 2015.

*While the non-oil sector actually drove GDP growth, the oil sector contracted with crude oil and gas GDP reducing by -1.62%. This shows that with good governance, focus, prudence and accountability, the life of the country need not depend on oil ad infinitum.

*The NBS report further shows that Services GDP growth recorded its best performance in 11 quarters, growing by 2.90% compared to 2.64% in Q3 2018 and 0.10% in Q4 2017. Overall, while growth in the economy was moderated by the contraction in the oil sector, 39 out of 46 economic activities recorded positive growth in the quarter under review.

*The improved GDP growth can be attributed to Government’s continuous implementation of the policy initiatives in the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which has boosted the performance of the non-oil sector.

*The growth in Q4 2018 GDP is consistent with the improvements in other macroeconomic indicators, including inflation, capital inflows, foreign trade, external reserves, amongst others.

*Headline inflation has been trending downwards from 18.55% as at December 2016 to 15.37% in December 2017 and further to 11.44% in December 2018.

Those who do not see any good in something not initiated by them toil endlessly to hoodwink Nigerians into believing that nothing good is happening on the economic front. But facts are stubborn things. The more they try to deny the facts, the more they rudely stare at them in the face.

*The total value of capital importation into Nigeria stood at $2,140 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. This translates to a full year capital inflow of $16.812 billion compared to $12.228 billion in 2017.

*Although the economy is now growing, more must be done to deepen its diversification and make it less vulnerable to external shocks. That is an unflinching commitment of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Those who do not see any good in something not initiated by them toil endlessly to hoodwink Nigerians into believing that nothing good is happening on the economic front. But facts are stubborn things. The more they try to deny the facts, the more they rudely stare at them in the face.

With the Buhari administration, economic Eldorado beckons. Nigeria is inexorably set for that Next Level.

Senate 2019: Orji Kalu says his popularity will give him victory

Dr Orji Kalu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Abia North senatorial zone, says he will emerge  victorious at the National Assembly poll scheduled for Saturday, Feb.23.

Mr Kunle Oyewumi of Orji Kalu Campaign Group, via a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) in Abuja, said Kalu spoke, while addressing his supporters in his country home, Igbere.

Kalu said that his popularity across the state would give him victory to enable him provide quality representation to the zone.

The former governor also said that people of the zone, would vehemently resist any attempt by anybody to rig the elections.

According to him, as a firm believer in democracy, I do not have to connive with officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before winning any election.

The former governor also said that the incumbent Senator, Mao Ohuabunwa, did not deserve to be re-elected as he was in Abuja for sightseeing.

He stressed that in a free contest, Ohuabunwa would never defeat him.

“My goodwill in Abia will give me victory in a free, fair and credible poll.

“I am not afraid of election because of my popularity.

“My antecedents and accomplishments in all spheres of life will continue to speak for me.

“I have paid my dues in business, politics and philanthropy.

“My desire to represent the people of Abia North in the red chamber is borne out of my passion for community service and good governance.

“During my stint as governor of Abia, I offered free education and free healthcare.

“Salaries and pensions were paid on or before 25th of every month.

“I understand the challenges of our people and I have the right contacts and political sagacity to take our communities to the Next Level,’’ Kalu said.

The former governor called on INEC, security agencies and other stakeholders to be vigilant to ensure the exercise was not manipulated.

According to him, Abia people are tired of falsification of election results.

“We must remain vigilant to frustrate any plan by anyone to thump-print ballot papers and fill result sheets before the poll,’’ he said.

Kalu further urged the electorate not to take the law into their hands in spite intimidation and molestation by those who are bent on rigging the election.

He also emphasised the need to beef up security in Abia in order to forestall any plan to manipulate the electoral process.